(Recommended here, but I may just paste this post into that post, because this issue recommends itself.) (I meant to post these individually, but that didn’t accommodate the gushing. Oops.)
So the hijinks start when Tatiana, a young woman Natasha rescued from circumstances similar to her own childhood, mails Natasha a letter with an apology and a location for some unspecified application of violence. Natasha drags Sharon along with her to what turns out to be a graduation gala for some upper-crust girls’ academy. As they’re entering the event and Sharon is talking over a communicator with Steve, this is going on in the background:
OH DEAR, IS THAT GUN MINE
And then this whole mess happens, and I lost it:
Steve: Excellent. You two have fun at the party and I will turn my years of strategic and combat expertise to battling this…paperwork.
(how perfect is his dejected slump)
Sharon: The pistol was just a distraction to get your blasters through.
Natasha: I’m sure I have no idea what you mean, Madame.
By this point I am in love with how much these two get each other. My exposure to Natasha and Sharon is pretty limited outside of whatever Avengers/Iron Man appearances they make, but I’m thinking a.) I need to rectify that and b.) dear god please let them show up in Captain Marvel so I can have more of KSD writing them.
This has nothing to do with Natasha or Sharon, but I love this panel of Tatiana:
Anyway, we find out that the lady in charge of the academy is training the girls in spy/assassin/black ops/seduction/puppy killing :( and that she blackmailed Tatiana into joining her and blah blah blah, she ties Sharon and Natasha up (I’m glossing over this, but I actually liked the Big Bad—she didn’t give her villain monologue until after she poisoned everyone, for one thing), and Tatiana pulls her gun on Natasha and then BAM! SHARON CARTER.
And then there’s a fight and Sharon and Natasha take Tatiana back to her foster family.
Natasha: If anyone gives you a hard time—
Sharon: Break his neck!
Natasha: DO NOT BREAK ANY NECKS!
Sharon: You really think I was advocating—
Natasha: I don’t know. I didn’t go to high school.
Then there’s a touching and disturbing and also hilarious scene with a puppy, and Our Heroes fly off into the sunset.
Now in addition to wanting a Sif ongoing, I’m craving a Black Widow/Agent 13 series. Where is that. I want to go there.
Also, how much more frothy am I going to be when I finally get my hands on the issue where she writes my favorite character? I might choke on my own tongue.